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HPV - Human Papillomavirus

Symptoms

Many people have no symptoms but are still contagious. Following symptoms can appear after 2 weeks to 3 months after exposure:

- Irritation/itching in the genital area 
- Warts or bumps on the genitals, lips, tongue and/or mouth. 

What it is:Human Pappillomavirus Infection. A viral infection with more than 100 different types, primarily affecting the genital area, both the outer and inner surfaces.

How many get it
An estimated 5.5 million new cases each year; at least 20 million people already have it.

How it's spread
Through unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse, or by touching or rubbing an infected area (infected areas may not always be noticeable).

Treatment
There is no cure. Warts can be removed through medication or surgery. Even with such treatments, the virus stays in the body and can cause future outbreaks.

Possible consequences
Increased risk of genital cancer for men and women. Some virus types cause the most common form of cervical cancer in women

Related Links

American Social Health Association
HPV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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